On Wednesday evening, Cindy and I had the great pleasure of co-hosting a fundraiser for the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), an incredible non-profit organization that nutures and promotes Harlem-based visual artists, performing artists and designers through grants, expert advice, and community outreach. Michael Unthank, Harlem Arts Alliance's Executive Director, gave a rousing speech that encouraged everyone to continue supporting uptown artists. Held at the fabulous, worthy-of-the-Tribeca-to-Harlem-trip N Boutique on 116th Street, the store was packed with guests from the fashion, music, theater, television, arts and even finance communities.
We were all treated to live music from the Tevin Thomas Trio and enjoyed delicious food from Michelle's Catering & Bistro. Our very special celebrity host of the evening, Law & Order: SVU's Tamara Tunie (and a great friend to both Michael and me), also spoke to the crowd, explaining her own dedication to Harlem and all the artistry it has inspired. Of course, the purpose of the event was to raise money for HAA, so to help that cause, we held an incredible raffle...the four prizes included a gift certificate to N, a bracelet by jewelry designer Shimoda (one of HAA's featured artists), a necklace from jewelry designer Nerissa Rivers-Lawrence (another of HAA's talented featured artists), and two tickets to Cirque du Soleil (the winner of which actually jumped up and down in excitement!). I have to reiterate the talent of both Shimoda and Nerissa...both of their designs are original and statement-making...definitely watch out for editorial coverage of their collections right here on StyleWhipped!
Our guests included uptown and downtown residents...lovers of the arts, supporters of Harlem Arts Alliance, those who will now be future supporters of HAA, and everyone in-between. A few extra-special guests who need to be mentioned include Voza Rivers, the Chairman of HAA, Brad Learmonth, the Director of Programming from The Harlem Stage, and Linda Walton, the VP of Programming at JazzMobile. We would also love to thank Lenn Shebar, Nikoa Evans and Larry Ortiz, the three fabulous owners of N Boutique for letting us use their gorgeous space.
(all photos courtesy of Hubert Williams/Imagezs of Us)
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